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My 1957 A35 "Black Pig"
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Rick
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup its looking better all the time Smile

RJ
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the old girl made it to Brooklands and back, unfortunately in the traffic on the way there it started smoking heavily and I was forced to pull onto the hard shoulder and let it cool down. When we got there I realised it had used 1/2 a sump of oil!

Still, it was a good day, and the highlight for me was seeing her leading the procession of Austin/Morris cars on the embankment Smile In a few months it has gone from Ebay banger to Brooklands star (well, kind of).

On the way back the car was running really well on the M25, until I got near the Dartford Bridge and had to stop in traffic. I then noticed the steam erupting out of the radiator grille. So, a quick detour for water via a Dartford petrol station and we were back on the road again.

I carefully checked all the hoses for leaks, and the radiator, nothing there. What I did notice was that the water appeared to have been forced out of the radiator cap, which on inspection was found to have a very perished rubber seal. I got a replacement from my local spares shop, and touch wood, haven't had any problems with it since. Although I'd like to fit a temperature guage before I take it on the motorway again!

Since the Brooklands trip the car has started smoking on startup and also puffing blue smoke on every gearchange. It is also using a lot of oil. I did a compression test the other day and the compressions were slightly down: 100,90,100,90. I'm hoping we can get away with a top-end overhaul, as I don't really want to scrap the original engine.

We also changed the leaking rear hub seals, but now the front wheel cylinders have started leaking and my new brake shoes on one side have been ruined Evil or Very Mad. I'm going to buy new wheel cylinders from the Owners Club, just got to try to make up a set of four that have all the adjuster teeth for exchange!

Other news: Fitted a period AA badge to the new grille Smile




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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard H wrote:
until I got near the Dartford Bridge and had to stop in traffic. I then noticed the steam erupting out of the radiator grille. So, a quick detour via a Dartford petrol station and we were back on the road again.


You should have called in for a cuppa Richard. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I should have done, but we all just wanted to get home, it was getting dark and I don't know your address anyway. Sad Even if I did I'd probably get lost trying to find it (no SatNav in an A35) Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard H wrote:
no SatNav in an A35


No SatNav, but you've got a cat fitted I see. Very Happy

I thought I'd given you my address? I'll PM it again for the next time you are passing. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Keef.

PM sent.

P.S. the cat installed is Freddie - he loves the old cars! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a CatNap - a SatNav with dyslexia.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pugwash is now on Youtube!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk1yR1IpNaA

The second video is of me driving it, that will be up later this evening when it has uploaded Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking forward to the "action" shots Smile

Might do something similar with the Devon sometime, a few moments of fame!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds good Rick, as I had no passenger to hold the camera I sellotaped it to the rear view mirror - not very professional but it does the trick!

Here are the action shots Wink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVv_bkzW-BE
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great one Richard

We'll have to have a run together when I'm back on the road.
Video camera in each car.

Hope to be ready for the last Thursday of this month.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds good Roger. I should be there hopefully Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard H wrote:
Sounds good Rick, as I had no passenger to hold the camera I sellotaped it to the rear view mirror - not very professional but it does the trick!

Here are the action shots Wink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVv_bkzW-BE


It came out really well, I'll have to give that idea a try Smile

RJ
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick wrote:
Richard H wrote:
Sounds good Rick, as I had no passenger to hold the camera I sellotaped it to the rear view mirror - not very professional but it does the trick!

Here are the action shots Wink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVv_bkzW-BE


It came out really well, I'll have to give that idea a try Smile

RJ


Thanks Rick, one tip though, don't stick the sellotape onto the reflective part of the mirror as it takes the reflective surface off! I'd only just fitted a NOS mirror glass as well Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This Range Rover completely dwarfed the Austin!!





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